Devotional-From the Heart

“But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having become set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”
(Romans 6:17-18)

Our little boy, Cullen, is almost three. Which means he’s two–and I’ve discovered that the “terrible twos” are no joke. Cullen’s a good kid, all in all, but sometimes he elevates irrationality to an art form. Case in point, while getting dressed for daycare this morning, he decided he wanted to wear his pants backward because they have a truck on the back pocket. (Note to manufacturer: don’t put the cool stuff on the back of toddler clothes.) Naturally, his parents, not wanting to seem neglectful or idiotic to daycare staff, put his pants on correctly.

One word: Meltdown. When he finally calmed down, and I explained that we would be wearing the pants the way they were intended, he turned away, grunted, and punched the air with his hand. That’s his way of saying, “Whatever. But I don’t have to like it.” (It’s a big no-no, and warrants an automatic time-out, but that’s another story.)

Cullen gave hand motions to grudging obedience. The apostle Paul talks in Romans about a different kind of obedience. Though Paul uses the term slave, which is not a positive image for us 21st-century Christians, what he means is serving a master. We present ourselves to some master, whether it’s sin or God, and that’s who our master is.

Paul says we can present ourselves to God (like the Roman Christians), put our heart on a platter for him, and make our obedience a gift. We can guess, though, that it’s possible to give God something less–call it lip service. It’s obedience that goes no deeper than our skin. And Paul says that’s not the kind of obedience that leads to real freedom.

6 thoughts on “Devotional-From the Heart”

  1. Thank you so much for that devotion. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I have been struggling with obedience and I appreciate the wisdom and encouragement.

  2. thanks again! it definitely puts things into perspective when you look at every decision you make throughout the day as either choosing to serve God or choosing to serve self/sin.

  3. I needed that today! I’ve been struggling with coming back to school for financial reasons. But a long time ago God told me if I’d just “be obedient” He would take care of everything. It is just so hard to give up control when you have no idea where things will come from. So thanks for the word of confirmation!!

  4. Obedience can be a hard thing some times. Growing up, the world teaches you to take care of yourself and do all that is nessesary to succeed. Christ told us the exact opposite. He told us to put others before ourselves and that success does not lye in the capabilty of yourself, but in your obedience to Christ. Though many may say,”Well, God just doesn’t speak to me, I don’t know what to do.” I find that keeping Jesus’s 2 basic commandments of love will help guide you through any circumstance that comes against you. Remember that through His Word, he’s already spoken to us all and given us the guidlines for obedience. I love you guys.

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